Andy Kaufman Net Worth

Andy Kaufman Net Worth is
$3 Million

Andy Kaufman Biography

Andy Kaufman net well worth: Andy Kaufman was an American entertainer, actor, and performance artist who had a net well worth of $3 million. A few of his popular heroes included Foreign Guy, Latka, and Tony Clifton. After graduating from Grahm Junior University Kaufman started carrying out stand-up comedy at little clubs on the East Coastline. Andy Kaufman was created in NEW YORK, NY in January 1949 and passed on in-may 1984. Kaufman also made an appearance in episodes of Saturday Night time Live from 1975 to 1982 as Foreign Guy, British Guy, and Elvis. As an actor he was most widely known for starring as Latka Gravas in the tv screen series Taxi from 1978 to 1983. He also starred in the movies God EXPLAINED To, In God We Tru$t, and Heartbeeps. For Taxi he was nominated for Golden World Awards for Best Assisting Actor in a string, Mini-Series or FILM Made for Television and for Best Television Actor in a Assisting Part. Kaufman was also nominated for Television Property Awards for Taxi and Saturday Night time Live. He was also involved with professional wrestling and was involved with a popular incident with Jerry “The King” Lawler on NIGHT TIME with David Letterman. Andy Kaufman passed on on, may 16, 1984 at 35 years older from kidney failing. His books The Huey Williams Tale, God. In September 2014 his friend and composing partner Bob Zmuda claimed that he thought Andy faked his loss of life and you will be emerging to reveal his very best prank soon. Through the years there were many rumors that Kaufman faked his personal death…and Other Takes on, and Poetry and Tales were published posthumously.

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Quick Facts

Full NameAndy Kaufman
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 17, 1949
DiedMay 16, 1984, West Hollywood, California, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Comedian, Actor, Music artist, Professional Wrestler
EducationGrahm Junior College, John L. Miller Great Neck North High School
ChildrenMaria Colonna
ParentsStanley Kaufman, Janice Bernstein
SiblingsMichael Kaufman
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, TV Land Most Wonderful Wedding Award, TV Land Favorite Elvis Impersonation Award
MoviesHeartbeeps, In God We Tru$t, God Told Me To, The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, Stick Around, The Real Andy Kaufman, Andy Kaufman: The Midnight Special, Cutting Edge Comedians of the '60s & '70s, Andy Kaufman: The Andy Kaufman Show: Soundstage
TV ShowsTaxi, Saturday Night Live, Van Dyke and Company

Interesting Facts

1 Andy's Army, a group of friends and family of Andy Kaufman, helped induct him into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame by using #AK4WWEHOF2014 in various forums, pod-casts, blogs and tweets to WWE. It was a surprise for everyone when a Tony Clifton Flashmob suddenly showed up and wrestled Jerry Lawler, Royal Rumble-style.
2 Laid to rest at Beth David Cemetery (Elmont, Long Island, NY).
3 In 1980, Andy wrestled stunt woman Marian Green in a playful mud wrestling bout at Chippendales in Los Angeles.
4 Wrestled Playboy playmate Susan Smith in a match for the intergender championship of the world" belt. Although Smith clearly bested Kaufman in this fierce bout, he was nonetheless declared the winner. There was a pictorial of this match in the February 1982 issue of "Playboy".
5 Son of Stanley Kaufman.
6 Often read from the the book "The Great Gatsby" at performances. But, unlike the movie, never made it further than the second page of the first chapter.
7 Despite their publicized, but fake, feud, Kaufman was actually a great admirer of Jerry Lawler.
8 To play up the feud between himself and wrestler Jerry Lawler, Kaufman did several public service announcements in which he proceeded to teach Southern people how to bathe, brush their teeth, and so on.
9 Scored a zero on the psychological portion of his Army entrance test, thereby classifying him as ineligible for military service.
10 He once skipped a photo shoot for TV Guide with the Taxi (1978) cast to see a The Three Stooges midnight showing with good friend Eva-Marie Fredric.
11 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 441-442. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
12 During the height of his Taxi (1978) fame, he worked part-time at "The world famous Jerry's Deli" on Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles as a busboy just to stay grounded.
13 Was the world's very first inter-gender wrestling champ. Had a perfect undefeated track record and took home the belt.
14 He once joked about faking his own death and returning 20 years later. In 2004 several of his friends threw a "Welcome back Andy" party. He didn't show up.
15 One of his most famous performances was on the 1975 summer replacement show Van Dyke and Company (1976), hosted by Dick Van Dyke. As his "Foreign Man", he did two very poor celebrity impressions, and then broke into a dead solid perfect impression of Elvis Presley. After the audience gave him thunderous applause, he replied, in his "Foreign Man" voice, "Thenk yew veddy much!" The audience went into hysterics.
16 He was such a hardcore Elvis Presley fan that he drove into a town that had an Elvis movie playing, with a TV set, so that he could plug in the set somewhere to see the movie on television!.
17 Was working on a novel loosely based on his life that weaves in and out of reality titled The Huey Williams Story but had to stop because of his illness.
18 The video "The Great Beyond", which originally featured clips of Jim Carrey performing as Kaufman in the movie Man on the Moon (1999), was modified on the DVD "Best of R.E.M., The" (2003) by clips of the original Andy Kaufman.
19 On the DVD "Best of R.E.M., The" (2003), Kaufman appears on the videos "The Great Beyond" (originally released in 1999), and "Man On The Moon" (originally released in 1992).
20 Before Andy Kaufman, there was no real way to describe what he did. Now it has been coined as "performance art" and many people imitate his style of "entertainment."
21 He was the original creator of the format TV show Andy's Funhouse (1979) which has later re-vamped by Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) into Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986). Reubens got permission from Kaufman himself right before his death.
22 His Tony Clifton character was supposed to appear on the Christmas episode of Taxi (1978) as Louie De Palma's brother, but "Tony" repeatedly pushed everyone's buttons and slowed down production until he was replaced (much to Andy's delight).
23 His style of entertainment is now known as "performance art."
24 Was once a contestant on The Dating Game (1965).
25 According to wrestler Jerry Lawler, when they cleaned out Andy's house after his death, many uncashed checks from Mid-South Wrestling promoter Jerry Jarrett were found. These were given as payment for his stint as a wrestler, and made many conclude that he didn't wrestle for the money, but rather for the love of it.
26 Was the subject of the song "Andy Kaufman" by punk band The Bunkers. [1995]
27 Diagnosed with a rare, large-cell, carcinoma lung cancer on December 11, 1983.
28 Had one granddaughter, Brittany Colonna, who played his younger sister as a child in Man on the Moon (1999).
29 Despite having his neck broken by Jerry Lawler's Piledriver, he still won the match they had (the Piledriver was illegal where they were wrestling, so Lawler had gotten disqualified, giving Kaufman the win).
30 Was piledriven twice by Jerry Lawler
31 Shared the same birthday with Jim Carrey, who plays him in the film Man on the Moon (1999).
32 Lip-synched the "Mighty Mouse" theme on the first episode of Saturday Night Live (1975).
33 Kaufman and Jerry Lawler's famous feud, including their infamous Late Night with David Letterman (1982) appearance, was all later confirmed by Lawler to be a setup and not real as many believed.
34 Many people doubted Kaufman's death, thinking it was just another gag.
35 When trying to bring his wrestling women act into the world of mainstream pro wrestling, Kaufman wanted to wrestle at Madison Square Garden for the World Wrestling Federation, but his good friend Bill Apter, a head editor for several wrestling magazines, told him that Vincent McMahon would never go for such a thing, so they tried to talk to Apter's friend Jerry Lawler, which led to Andy's infamous feud with Lawler from 1982-1983.
36 Along with his writing partner Bob Zmuda, he wrote "The Tony Clifton Story", a full-length feature film about the adventures of his alter-ego Tony Clifton. However after his movie Heartbeeps (1981) tanked at the box office, it was scrapped by the studios.
37 Although he died of lung cancer, he led a very healthy lifestyle. He didn't drink regularly and was a vegetarian. Although he had smoked when he was younger, he hadn't done so in years; even when doing his Tony Clifton character, he never inhaled the smoke.
38 Museum of TV and Radio presented 90-minute film of Kaufman highlights to honor him posthumously in New York and L.A. in October 1999.
39 Kaufman was renowned for bizarre stunts that were part of his stage performances, such as the time he took his entire Carnegie Hall audience out for milk and cookies, via 35 waiting buses.
40 Interred at Beth David Cemetery, Elmont (Long Island), New York, USA.
41 According to Jim Carrey as stated in A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman (1995), Kaufman created and originally played the "Tony Clifton" character. The secret kept for 15 years (according to Carrey) was that he did so only briefly and the character was soon passed off to Bob Zmuda (Kaufman's writer). Most of the TV appearances of Tony Clifton are actually Zmuda, not Kaufman.
42 R.E.M. wrote a song about him for their 1992 album "Automatic for the People" called "Man on the Moon".
43 Of all Elvis Presley impersonators, he was the REAL Elvis' favorite.
44 Maria was put up for adoption, but later reunited with Kaufman's family, after tracing her biological parents in 1992.
45 Daughter, Maria Colonna, was born when Andy was 20, and his girlfriend was 17.
46 Saturday Night Live (1975) viewers voted him off the show forever in a call-in poll in 1982.
47 Attended Boston's Grahm Junior College.
48 Graduated from Great Neck North High School in 1967.
49 Taxi (1978) co-star Jeff Conaway decked him after the 1979 Golden Globes, when he insulted his co-stars.


1 His character Tony Clifton
2 Usually played an unnamed character called Foreign Man, who soon evolved into Latka Gravis, the guy from Taxi. Likes to play with the audience's heads like reading The Great Gatsby instead of performing. Doesn't like to break character, even when he's not filming.


1 I just want real reactions. I want people to laugh from the gut, be sad from the gut, or get angry from the gut.
2 I never told a joke in my life.
3 What's real? What's not? That's what I do in my act, test how other people deal with reality.
4 While all the other kids were out playing ball and stuff, I used to stay in my room and imagine that there was a camera in the wall. And I used to really believe that I was putting on a television show and that it was going out to somewhere in the world.
5 They say, "Oh wow, Andy Kaufman, he's a really funny guy." But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads.
6 Whenever I play a role, whether it's good or bad, an evil person or nice person, I believe in being a purist and going all the way with the role. If I'm going to be a villainous wrestler, I believe in going all the way with it and not breaking character and not giving away to the audience that I'm playing a role. I believe in playing it straight to the hilt.
7 Pure entertainment is not an egotistical lady singing boring songs onstage for two hours and people in tuxes clapping whether they like it or not. It's the real performers on the street who can hold people's attention and keep them from walking away.
8 There's no drama like wrestling.
9 There's no way to describe what I do. It's just me.


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Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Elvis Impersonation Saturday Night Live (1975)
2006 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Most Wonderful Wedding Taxi (1978) Carol Kane
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Taxi (1978)
1981 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actor Heartbeeps (1981)
1981 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst On-Screen Couple Heartbeeps (1981) Bernadette Peters
1981 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Most Annoying Fake Accent: Male Heartbeeps (1981)
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Television Series Taxi (1978)



Fried: The Autobiography of Louie B. Mayer 2013 completed Tony Clifton
My Breakfast with Blassie 1983 Andy Kaufman
Taxi 1978-1983 TV Series Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari / Arlo / ...
Super Bowl XVII Pre-Game Show 1983 TV Movie Latka Gravas (uncredited)
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show 1982 TV Movie Tony Clifton (as Tony Clifton)
Saturday Night Live 1975-1982 TV Series Foreign Man Elvis British Man
Heartbeeps 1981 Val
In God We Tru$t 1980 Armageddon T. Thunderbird
Stick Around 1977 TV Short Andy, the Robot
God Told Me To 1976 Police Assassin


Man on the Moon 1999 performer: "One More Song for You" 1979, "Rose Marie" 1924 / writer: "Oh, the Cow Goes Moo"
The Andy Kaufman Show 1983 TV Special performer: "One More Song for You", "Hi to You & Hi to Me", "Blue Moon of Kentucky"
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dinah! 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live TV Series 1 episode, 1975 performer - 4 episodes, 1975 - 1977


I'm from Hollywood 1989 Documentary uncredited
The Andy Kaufman Show 1983 TV Special uncredited
Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall 1980 Video documentary
Andy's Funhouse 1979 TV Movie


Andy's Funhouse 1979 TV Movie


Andy's Funhouse 1979 TV Movie producer


Bloody Bobby 2016 thanks
No More Funny Show! 2013 Video documentary inspiration
Funny Show Part Two: The Video - Movie 2012 Video inspiration
The Most Annoying Greek Youtube Star of the Year 2012 Video short inspiration


Kaufman Lives Documentary filming Himself
I'm from Hollywood 1989 Documentary Himself
Elayne Boosler: Party of One 1985 TV Movie Himself (voice)
Superstars of Comedy Salute the Improv 1984 TV Movie Himself
The Top 1984 TV Movie Himself (Host)
The Rodney Dangerfield Special: I Can't Take It No More 1983 TV Movie Himself / Various / Dr. Vinnie Boombatz
CWA Wrestling 1983 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982-1983 TV Series Himself
The Andy Kaufman Show 1983 TV Special Himself - Host / Various
Saturday Night Live 1975-1983 TV Series Himself / Himself - Stand-up Act / Himself - Special Guest / ...
An Evening at the Improv 1982 TV Series Himself - Comic / Himself
Catch a Rising Star's 10th Anniversary 1982 TV Special Himself - Comedian
Hour Magazine 1982 TV Series Himself
The John Davidson Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1979-1982 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1979-1981 TV Series Tony Clifton / Himself
Fridays 1981 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Recorded Apology / Himself - Guest Host
The Midnight Special 1972-1981 TV Series Tony Clifton / Himself / Himself - Host
The David Letterman Show 1980 TV Series Himself
Andy Kaufman Plays Carnegie Hall 1980 Video documentary Himself / Tony Clifton
Johnny Cash Christmas 1979 TV Movie Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1979 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1977-1979 TV Series Tony Clifton Foreign Man
Andy's Funhouse 1979 TV Movie Himself Latka Gravas Tony Clifton (as Tony Clifton)
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1979 TV Series Himself
V.I.P. Night on Broadway Benefit 1979 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Cher... and Other Fantasies 1979 TV Movie Himself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Himself
The Dating Game 1978 TV Series Himself - Participant
The Mike Douglas Show 1977-1978 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1976-1978 TV Series Himself
The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1977 TV Movie Himself
Redd Foxx 1977 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1977 TV Series Guest Appearance
The 2nd Annual HBO Young Comedians Show 1977 TV Special Himself / Tony Clifton
Van Dyke and Company 1976 TV Series Himself / HimselfElvis Impersonator / Regular / ...
The Lisa Hartman Show 1976 TV Movie Himself
Monty Hall's Variety Hour 1976 TV Movie Himself
The Joe Franklin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Comedy World 1974 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Kaufmania! 2016 Documentary filming Himself
3rd Indie Fest of YouTube Videos 2015 2015 TV Movie Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2015 TV Series Himself
The Voice Over Show No.2: Borat's Songs 2015 Video Himself
It's Good to Be the King: The Jerry Lawler Story 2015 Video Himself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Himself - Guest Performer (In Memoriam)
2nd Independent Video Film Festival of Youtube 2014 2014 TV Movie Himself
WWE Hall of Fame 2014 TV Special Himself
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
1st Independent Video Film Festival of Youtube 2013 2013 TV Movie Winner of Golden Prize Alien for contribution to Comedy
Video Compilation: Top Ten Best Videos 2007-2012 2013 Documentary Himself
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time 2010 Video Himself
WWE Raw 2010 TV Series Himself
A Day in the Life of a Professional Wrestler 2010 Documentary Andy Kaufman
The Tragic Side of Comedy 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
The Death of Andy Kaufman 2008 Video documentary Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
WWE Legends of Wrestling 2007 TV Series Himself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #33
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-2003 2003 Video documentary Himself (segments "Man on the Moon" and "The Great Beyond")
Biography 1999-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
R.E.M. Parallel 1995 Video Himself (segment "Man on the Moon")
A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Best of Taxi 1994 TV Movie Latka Gravas
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary 1989 TV Special Himself
Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents Lords of the Ring: Superstars & Superbouts 1985 Video Himself

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